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Term 3 - Online
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This subject examines the challenges and dynamics influencing the institutions that administer and enforce competition and consumer laws. It also explores the role of international institutions in promoting or enforcing competition law and policy and their various structures and modes of influence. Although the subject’s focus is on competition and consumer authorities, the nature and role of central prosecutorial agencies, tribunals and courts are also examined. Students will be challenged to engage with a range of institutional issues including agency models, mandate, governance structures, investigative tools and processes, enforcement, compliance and advocacy and evaluation of effectiveness. Students will undertake an in-depth case-study on a competition or consumer-related body and critically analyse an aspect or aspects of its design, operation or performance against the principles developed in this subject.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will have developed:
- An advanced knowledge of the factors and dynamics that influence the design, operation and effectiveness of institutions involved in administering and enforcing competition and consumer laws;
- Sophisticated cognitive and technical skills that equip them to critically analyse and assess the design, operation and effectiveness of institutions involved in administering and enforcing competition and consumer laws; and
- A capacity to use the knowledge and skills students have gained in the subject in a way that demonstrates effective autonomy, judgment, adaptability and responsibility as an expert learner and practitioner in the field of international competition and consumer law.
Last updated: 11 February 2021